Maine HR Convention: May 12-15, 2020 – Samoset Resort, Rockport, ME

The following information is from the completed 2019 event. Please check back in the fall for details on next year. 


Great Expectations: How to Handle an Accommodation Request

Wednesday, May 8th, 2019 @ 2:45 pm - 4:15 pm

What’s it all about? From extended leave to drug-usage during work hours, ADA accommodation requests can cause quite a quandary for HR professionals. With a bevy of factors and nuance involved in each instance, there is no one-size-fits-all formula for deciding when to grant a reasonable accommodation. Instead, the reasonable accommodation process must be flexible, interactive and individualized with meaningful, cooperative and timely communication between the employee and the employer. In this session, Elizabeth Olivier and Matthew LaMourie from Preti Flaherty will explore the legal tensions that can arise when navigating the accommodation landscape. Through videos and interactive discussion, the workshop will help create a well-established process to bridge the gap between HR’s legal compliance responsibility and how to best manage legal risk.

Why you’ll want to participate in this session.

  • Discuss the legal requirements for accommodations related to the ADA and other anti-discrimination laws.
  • Discover some of the trends in workplace accommodation requests.
  • Evaluate the business considerations that help determine how you proceed with an employee’s request for accommodation.
  • Understand how your response to such requests implicate your workplace policies, handbooks, and practices.

Approved for SHRM credit, HRCI general (HR) credit, and CLE credit.